Attorney General Barr Announces Launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit ~ VIDEO

The Operation will surge federal law enforcement resources into seven of America’s most violent cities – including Cleveland, Ohio.

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- This week, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven of America’s most violent cities – including Cleveland – through a surge in federal resources.

Joined at a press conference in Detroit, M.I., by ATF Acting Director Regina Lombardo, DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and United States Marshals Service Director Donald W. Washington, Attorney General Barr pledged to intensify federal law enforcement resources into Albuquerque, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis, and Milwaukee – seven American cities with violent crime levels several times the national average.

United States Attorney Justin Herdman and the Cleveland-based federal law enforcement heads announced their participation in the initiative in a press conference immediately following the Attorney General’s remarks.

“Americans deserve to live in safety,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “And while nationwide violent crime rates are down, many cities continue to see levels of extraordinary violence. Operation Relentless Pursuit seeks to ensure that no American city is excluded from the peace and security felt by the majority of Americans, while also supporting those who serve and protect in these communities with the resources, training, and equipment they need to stay safe.”

“Operation Relentless Pursuit is aptly named, as it is what we do every day in law enforcement through great partnerships on the federal, state, and local level,” said United States Attorney Herdman, “With these additional Department of Justice resources, we will tirelessly pursue the most violent criminals, fugitives, gang members and drug traffickers in our city. We will also relentlessly pursue a brighter, safer future for all of our friends and neighbors in Cleveland.”

“ATF’s Columbus Field Division is focused on reducing crime gun violence in our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Jonathan McPherson. “We will work aggressively, using every tool in our toolbox, to identify, investigate and support the prosecution of the most violent firearm offenders. Our combined goal with our partners is a safer Cleveland for us all.”

“Drug traffickers are using a double edged sword to destroy communities. On one side are the poisons they peddle and the other edge is the violence that often accompanies their criminal enterprise,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin. “Operation Relentless Pursuit will concentrate law enforcement action to combat violent crime in designated high impact areas. DEA will target the drug trafficking sources and distributors who comprise, finance, and otherwise sustain the operations of violent organizations.”

“FBI Cleveland Division is proud to partner with numerous law enforcement agencies to enforce Operation Relentless Pursuit,” stated FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Smith. “We will continue to identify, investigate and hold accountable those choosing to engage in violent crime, but now we will have additional resources to utilize. Our strong, existing partnerships will benefit us greatly in our efforts to implement this DOJ initiative.”

“The U.S. Marshals Service and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are prepared and committed to the Attorney General’s upcoming operation and surge into the community to reduce violence and increase safety,” stated U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott. “We will support this mission by working with our federal, state and local partners to take violent fugitives off the streets of Cleveland.”

The Operation will involve increasing the number of federal law enforcement officers to the selected cities, as well as bulking up federal task forces through collaborative efforts with state and local law enforcement partners. The surge in federal agents will be complemented by a financial commitment of up to $71 million in federal grant funding that can be used to hire new officers, pay overtime and benefits, finance federally deputized task force officers, and provide mission-critical equipment and technology.

Columbus Field Division


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ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago

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Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

, Thank you. I stole it. Public education, you know. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Firearm to you and all the patriots, here.

Stag
Stag
1 year ago

The federal government has absolutely zero constitutional authority to enact and/or enforce any law concerning the posession and/or use of any substance and the enforcement of any arms law is a violation of our constitutional rights.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Stag

, Half right. Commerce power to regulate drugs.

Stag
Stag
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

The interstate sale of. Not use or posession. Notice how I specifically said that in my post?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Stag

Possession would come about as an extension of interstate sale. Posession in one’s pocket, mouth, or stomach.

Pa John
Pa John
1 year ago

Do a few DuckDuckGo.com searches for “80% of violent crime drug gang related” (minus the quotes) and similar as may come to mind as you look around. This is the 800 lb gorilla in the room that U.S. corporate media goes to great lengths to never discover. There is no solution in propaganda terminology like “gun violence” – carefully focus grouped and poll tested terminology proven to lead unsuspecting minds in predetermined directions – but in understanding actual real world “gang violence” which heavily distorts all violent crime & racial law enforcement / prison statistics nationwide. The truth is thus… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 year ago

Well, there are at least several gang banger/cartel operatives that we will have to deal with for some time to come. The A T F E was there doing…….? If these were American citizens then they had the right to keep and bear arms. If they were not American citizens deport them. If they are guilty of drug trafficking, assault, threats or murder Then they should be legally dealt with. That is how the government under Obama bin ladin worked. I personally categorize the cartels/gang bangers as terrorists and I believe they should be fought as such. I mean really,… Read more »

Rowboat
Rowboat
1 year ago

Look over there ! Squirrel ! See the shiny thing over there ! In the military, it’s called diversionary tactics. Yeah, let’s get the Feds to go after all those small time drug dealers, so the local cops have more time to raid donut shops ! I had high hopes that THIS Attorney General would be going after the really BIG TIME criminals ; you know, all the swamp creatures that are now lounging around in the DC cess pool ! Wait ! What ? You say that they ALL belong the the Belt Way Boys Club ? And all… Read more »

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
1 year ago
Reply to  Rowboat

71 million more wasted tax dollars! All they need to do is look at the main problem with each of these cities — THEY ARE DEMOCRAP CONTROLLED!!!! The Federal government should take these cities to court to have all of their unconstitutional gun laws repealed so that the citizens can defend themselves while at the same time eliminating criminals, Instead the Fed will just TEMPORARILY fill more jail cells and waste hundreds of millions of $$$$$$$$$$$$! Designate ALL gangs as terrorists and round them up and execute them. Government NEVER fights crime, they simply coddle the criminals with catch and… Read more »

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty
1 year ago

Why do we need a press conference and a big announcement that the Feds are going to start doing their job? Oh wait election year – Got it
When are we going to have the Same from ICE announcing they are going to start immediately taking criminal illegal aliens into custody when they find them and not trying to do it when they feel like it by using detainer orders.

KDad
KDad
1 year ago

This operation will have to deal with the Soros supported liberal/progressive prosecutors who don’t want to be tough on crime.

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty
1 year ago
Reply to  KDad

THat sounds more like the GOP/ Koch supported Prosecutors

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
1 year ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

You’re projecting again!

jack mac
jack mac
1 year ago

The purpose that we as private citizens possess firearms is to prevent the crime of oppression. Our public servants were tasked to guard against oppression and apprehend those committing crimes against the public. I do not believe these are the task being performed by our public servants. The statement “focused on reducing crime gun violence” indicates their focus is on firearms that could well be used to prevent oppression. The $71 million is to be used to increase the numbers and to motivate the enforcers of our public servants. These forces will be tasked to remove firearms from the prohibited… Read more »

None
None
1 year ago

Always a diversion, I always said they will never go after the deep state Nazis and gun Grabbers
If Barr had any balls he would start cleaning out the DOJ, FBI, and Hillery, Obama, ect

james
james
1 year ago

Dang, I thought this was a mission to go after the deep state conspirators.

Hankus
Hankus
1 year ago

Albuquerque? That used to be a pretty nice place to live. Wonder what happened? Maybe liberal politics? Derp.

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
1 year ago
Reply to  Hankus

New Mexico is a leftist state, that voted for Buttcrack and Hildabeast. They are also a sanctuary for illegals, so it’s no wonder that Albuquerque is infested with crime, especially in their governmental positions.

Doszap
Doszap
1 year ago

Er’,excuse me Mr. AG (ANTI GUN) BARR, what the Hell about BALTIMORE AND CHICAGO?.
Those two alone account for over 2000 of the 15,000 Homicides in 2018!!.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
1 year ago
Reply to  Doszap

Doszap, Baltimore was #2 in the list, it’s alphabetical. They have to work up to Chitcago, it isn’t beginner level.

UncleT
UncleT
1 year ago

So, more abuse of authority, using military tactics, ATTACKING and arresting people for taking pictures on your own front porch of that abuse of authority by that same SWAT team in Columbus, Ohio and you call it a “Tactical Arrests” with no accountability will make us “SAFER”?

jack mac
jack mac
1 year ago
Reply to  UncleT

UncleT: Watch for showings in towns everywhere.

Buster
Buster
1 year ago

You won’t stop violent crime until you get illegal drugs off the streets.
You won’t get illegal drugs off the streets until you throw illegal drug users in prison.
Any/all other effort is just piss’n in the wind.

KDude
KDude
1 year ago
Reply to  Buster

Violent crime over illegal drugs exists because drugs are illegal. Period.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  KDude

, I do I understand you to mean that if the drugs were legal, then the violent crime would go away?

jack mac
jack mac
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

WB: KDUDE wrote about violence over illegal drugs. I did not read reference to all criminal violence. The drug laws have given rise to increasing numbers of enforcement agents, and additional pretenses to increase the number of prohibited persons.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  jack mac

, Ah, I see your point. Let me rephrase. , do I understand you to mean that if the drugs were legal, then the violent crime related to drugs would go away?

Bill
Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Makes sense. If drugs were legal, then every whacked out addict would, somehow, automatically have the money he needs to buy drugs, and he wouldn’t have to bash in the head of someone on the street who might have some change in his pockets. Also, drugs would be dirt cheap, because no one would ever take advantage of the fact that anyone might be a desperate addict.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

, Well and truly said. MC and a HNF.

Tionico
Tionico
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

the price of drugs would no longer be artificially inflated to accout for the monetisationof the high risk involved in trafficking in an illegal product. Look in your grocery store today.. prducts using CBD oil are availabe over the counter no ID required. Two years ago anything with CBD oil would be cause for a nickel ride downtown, and the loca CrowBar Hotel would be your new home for a while. And the use of the nasty hard drugs would plummet, because they would no longer be so promoted along with the harmless herb that anyone could then grow in… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
1 year ago
Reply to  jack mac

Yup. READ your history. WHAT happened whe alcoholic beverages were outlawed? Millions of folks went to bed on 18 January 1920 and woke up the next morning felons. Theyr formelry legally owned and operated bottles of whiskey and rum became Assault bottles overnight, and they criminals for having them. There was no Grandfather clause, no amnesty, and no “if you like your rifle, er, I mean, bottle, you can keep it” by way of registering it. SInce THE PEOPLE refused to surrender or destroy their Bump Bottles, an underground black market developed, overnight as it were, to supply the demand.… Read more »

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
1 year ago
Reply to  Tionico

Spelling and grammar sucks, but the content was dead on!

Doszap
Doszap
1 year ago
Reply to  Buster

Well that means several GOVT LE AGENCIES must be dissolved.

jack mac
jack mac
1 year ago
Reply to  Buster

Buster: Making drugs illegal serve as another pretense to oppress more people. Now our public servants have made it possible to arrest military aged 18 to 20 year old adults for buying tobacco. Violence has always and will continue to exist. The objective is to prevent our public servants from using violence to become our masters.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  jack mac

, But we must not forget the China opium experience. Whole cities were addicted. People could not work or care for themselves. Would you want to see your grand children in that condition. You could neither tell them no or do anything about it. Our enemies would love to see an America in such condition.

Tionico
Tionico
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

name one “whole city” that was addicted, here in the US, where people could not work nor care for themselves… I call hooie on that one.
And I would train my children, and they theirs, to not abuse their bodies ith such compounds. When FATHERS teach their children well such abuses do not happen. But the failure o fFATHERS to teach their children well is no cause for the nannies that would dictate everything we must/mustn’t do to be allowed to feed their own twisted fetishes.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Tionico

@Tio, Zhenajian was a city that had so many addicts that Mao shot, strangled, and buried many while still alive, as part of the “Great Leap Forward” program.
Mao could not feed the people of China after the communist takeover, so he had his minions go to towns, cities, and villages killing drug addicts, intellectuals, teachers, local politicians, land owners and anyone that he thought could oppose him. I read about it In Command and Genera Staff College, but it is quite famous and should not be difficult to find a book about it.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Tionico

@Tio, You would train your children and grand children not to abuse their bodies, and that is laudable, but what would others teach them?

jack mac
jack mac
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

WB: The China experience was the result of our former royal crown. The UK were the violent drug pushers then. I do not like for anyone to be in that condition now. The problem will not be alleviated by armed enforcers of our public servants, of which many are our worst enemies.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  jack mac

, You are correct. It was the British that forced China to accept opium as a form of payment. The Brits grew opium in India (which at that time included what is now Pakistan) cheaply, and forced the Chinese to accept cheap costing opium for expensive Chinese silks and other goods. Addiction to opium spread and was only eliminated by Mao.
Pushers addicted the Chinese and pushers addict Americans. Our children are at risk, but we are not allowed to stop those pushers on our own. So what is the resolution?

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
1 year ago
Reply to  Buster

Bullshit! Kill the prohibition on “illegal” drugs and the druggies will either die or stay fucked up because the drugs will be cheap and easy to get. The drug dealers will go away because they can’t profit from it. Send ALL of the druggies to southern Commiefornia, they love them!

Nanashi
Nanashi
1 year ago

How many unarmed women is he going to have federal law enforcement shoot in the head to accomplish this?

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 year ago
Reply to  Nanashi

For those who do not know Mrs Vicki Weaver of RUBY RIDGE, she is the wife who was SHOT DEAD by a FBI shooter while in the doorway, UNARMED, HOLDING HER FEMALE CHILD in her arms. Mr. William/Bill Barr was in charge during that assault on an American Family. The ASSASSINS were NEVER CHARGED nor PROSECUTED!!!!!!!!!

liberty
liberty
1 year ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

As soon as I saw the “Relentless Pursuit” I took that to mean the prosecution of Lon Horiuchi for the murder of Vicky Weaver. Oh wait Barr “barred” such prosecution.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  liberty

, I believe that the courageous county prosecutor did charge Horiuchi, but the case was removed to federal court… then dismissed.

freedom isnt cheap
freedom isnt cheap
1 year ago

kick those scumthugs asses!eliminate them from the face of the EARTH

jack mac
jack mac
1 year ago

freedom: Those scumthugs are paid to eliminate us first. Paid with our money and use machine guns we bought them.

Will Flatt
1 year ago

Remove Demorat politicians & bureaucrats from their positions of power in these cities and replace them with libertarians & conservatives, and watch crime plummet!!

Leftists are the cancer. Physical Removal is the cure!

loveaduck
loveaduck
1 year ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

Far easier said than done. Lefties prevailed again in Seattle.

Will Flatt
1 year ago
Reply to  loveaduck

All you need is a good supply of helicopters and a bunker full of aviation fuel.

Superman
Superman
1 year ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

How old are you, twelve?

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
1 year ago
Reply to  Superman

Superman, Something tells me that you never took flying lessons in Nam.

Superman
Superman
1 year ago

We lost in Vietnam. And your point is?

Terry
Terry
1 year ago
Reply to  Superman

No we won in Vietnam – we lost in America.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
1 year ago
Reply to  Terry

Terry, Abso-freakin-lutely!

Superman
Superman
1 year ago

Time to go do your homework and play some video games, Will. Do your parents know you use their computer?

jack mac
jack mac
1 year ago
Reply to  Superman

Will: I would not waste time with any who called themselves superman.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  jack mac

Jack, the Kryptonite-addicted superman puts himself out here as a target, sometimes hitting it and making it squeal, like shooting that proverbial side of the barn, can be an amusing way to waste idle time.

Superman
Superman
1 year ago
Reply to  Superman

What in the world would you know about mental health?